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    Lake Mead

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Cruising Lake Mohave

Cruising on Lake Mohave

The two lakes, Mead and Mohave, humans have created in the desert not only mark the taming of the Colorado River, they are themselves a recreational resource of national significance and carry with them many stories. The stories are only recently a part of the Arizona-Nevada history, nevertheless the lakes seem to be timeless elements in this desert setting. Their ages may be measured in only decades, but they represent the culmination of an intimate association between human and the river that has lasted for centuries.

Lake Mead was created first, with the building of Hoover Dam in 1935; Lake Mohave followed, with the completion of Davis Dam in 1953. Together they provide a setting for many stories.

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Lake Mohave in the Black Canyon Area

Long and narrow, Lake Mohave in Lake Mead National Recreation Area retains much of the feeling of the Colorado River. Between the confining walls of Black Canyon, Lake Mohave is not much wider than the Colorado River was when it flowed freely.